Hamilton Farm Golf Club has a history dating to 1911, when James Cox Brady created an English country-style estate in the green fields and woodlands of the Somerset Hills. The beauty and significance of the property were maintained throughout the decades. The stables eventually were returned to their original purpose and now serve as headquarters for the United States Equestrian Team, which uses Hamilton Farm as its training ground for the Olympic Games. In 1998 two golf courses were built: the Highlands, an 18-hole tournament-style course, and the Hickory, a challenging 18-hole par-3 layout.
The Hickory course, with a full 18 holes, is the only rated par-3 course in the U.S. and is designed to challenge every golfer's favorite shot. "I believe what makes the Hickory course so much fun to play is the infinite variety of golf shots it demands," says architect Fry. It is not just the tee ball, which can range from a wedge to a driver for average golfers. More often it is the second shot, be it a long breaking putt, or a chip from the fringe, or trying to escape a deep undulating bunker.
Best-In-State Ranking (New Jersey #5)
Top 200 Best Modern Courses (#145)
Top "Readers' Choice" Courses in New Jersey
Emerald Award Winner
2012 New Jersey PGA Club of the Year
2006, 2009 & 2012 Platinum Club of America
HSBC World Match Play Championship (LPGA Tour) 2005-2006
Sybase World Match Play Championship (LPGA Tour) 2010-2012
*Fry/Straka member designed under Hurdzan/Fry
*photos by Henebry Photography
*Awards include highest ranking throughout course history.